Kopi Luwak, coffee made from beans critters have digested and defecated, can cost up to $227 a pound; Germany will recognize an intersex gender for newborns without clearly defined genitalia; meanwhile, maybe the intended message behind the detainment of Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow Airport is “Don’t mess with the NSA.” These discoveries and more below.
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ESPN Quit Its Concussions Investigation With ‘Frontline’ Under Curious Circumstances
“Frontline,” the prestigious, multiple-Emmy-winning investigative news show produced by Boston’s PBS member station, announced late Thursday afternoon that a 15-month-old partnership with ESPN in which they published a series of pieces exploring how the National Football League has (and has not) accounted for the relationship between playing football, head trauma, and brain damage, had come to an end.